Maintaining good mental health is an ongoing process, that requires patience, compassion and self-belief. With this in mind, Julia from Hims.com has put together 7 practical ways to invest in your mental health. Article by Julia.Af Edvin Brobeck
We all have that friend who, no matter what’s happening in their life, manages to find the silver lining in every dark cloud. Although having a positive mental attitude may seem like a quality that you either have or you don’t, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Every single one of us are capable of cultivating optimism within our own lives, we just need a little bit of practice.
Check out these 7 simple ways you can invest in your mental health and practice positivity, even when the going gets tough.
It’s no secret that how your spending your morning can have a direct impact on the rest of your day. This is why it is so important to be mindful about what you are giving your time and attention to in the beginning hours of the day.
For many of us, our morning involves sifting through our social media channels or watching the news before we leave for work. Although there’s nothing wrong with staying informed, majority of what we ingest from these activities is negative or has bleak undertones.
This is why you should reconsider and revamp your morning routines from time to time to invest in your mental health and protect your energy.
Try spending this time practicing yoga or mindfulness, writing in a journal and setting intentions for the day ahead, listening to a podcast, or even making your favorite breakfast. After all, nothing says positivity like banana chocolate pancakes!
We all have a running voice in our head that narrates our actions, feelings, and desires. However, when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, that voice can get pretty loud and very negative. Although you can’t totally control the voice, you can develop little ways to manage it so the negativity doesn’t drag you down.
Every time you find yourself succumbing to negative thoughts, try to reframe the dialogue by counteracting it a positive spin.
For example, if you are anxious about looking for a job, remind yourself of how far you’ve come so far, and give yourself credit for continuing your search. Positive psychology shows that gratitude towards yourself is not only associated with greater levels of happiness, but it’s a fantastic way to mitigate stress.
You can start everyday with a series of affirmations and write down all the great things that are happening in your life. This is a great way to invest in your mental health and reframe your reality.
Social isolation is known to raise your levels of stress. This is why it’s always worth making some time to spend with family and friends who have a positive impact on your life – even when life get’s busy.
Taking moments to recharge and reconnect with people we love can do wonders for our mood, whether we get things that are bothering us off our chest or we spend an hour talking about nothing in particular.
Here are a few fun ways that you can socialize on a daily basis:
Giving your room a makeover can be great for your positivity and is a fantastic way to invest in your mental health. Experts say that decluttering your living space is great for alleviating stress and kickstarting productivity. You can view the decluttering process as a chance to start fresh. When you have finished, you can donate all the things you don’t need to a charity and consider getting some new decorations for your living space that make you happy.
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Sometimes, the most simple thing is the most effective, which includes getting out of your own head. One of the best ways to create a positive life for yourself is to do something positive for others. Doing an act of kindness for someone who needs it will help to distract you from your own issues and practice empathy.
These gestures do not have to be extravagant, they could be as simple as picking up your friend’s groceries, helping them with their work, or listening to them vent about their feelings. Not only is this an effective way to invest in your mental health, but it may also allow someone the opportunity to invest in their own.
When it comes down to it, it’s hard to try and keep your body healthy when you don’t feel like your mental health in is the best place. However, exercising regularly and staying on top of a manageable, balanced diet of carbs, fats and proteins can help improve both.
As challenging as it can be to have the motivation to exercise when you aren’t feeling great, it is scientifically proven to help you feel better. This is due to the release of the mood-enhancing chemicals, serotonin and dopamine.
You do not have to run a marathon or put yourself through an intense training circuit in order for activity to be classed as exercise. Invest in your mental health and physical wellbeing by aiming for 30 minutes of walking or jogging at your own pace per day
Talking to someone external can be one of the greatest way that you can invest in your mental health. Chatting to a person that is not directly involved in your life is an excellent way to gain a fresh perspective on things that may be weighing you down, in a non-judgemental environment. Counselling can also help you to develop new skills in dealing with negative thinking, anxiety, depression and a range of other aspects of mental health.
If in-person therapy doesn’t sound like something you would be interested in, online counselling can be a great alternative in getting the help that you want.
THE FINAL WORD
Although life can get tough at times, there is always an opportunity to reframe things in our mind and embrace the positivity.
If you are going through a hard time, reach out to friends and loved ones and remember that in addition to those tips above, there is ALWAYS ways to find happiness!